The Importance of Being Earnest

By Oscar Wilde

Directed by Lyle Tate
September 11, 12, 13, 14 and 16, 17, 18, 19, and 20, 2008
The Playhouse on Main

Featuring – Katrina Bohn, Madeline Golden, Mandy Kinney, Thomas La Foe, Kris Lee, Tracy Power, Marcus Vowell, and Christopher Walrath

John Worthing, a carefree young gentleman, is the inventor of a fictitious brother, “Ernest,” whose wicked ways afford John an excuse to leave his country home from time to time and journey to London, where he stays with his confidant, Algernon Moncrieff. Algernon has a cousin, Gwendolen, with whom John is deeply in love. During his London sojourns, John, under the name Ernest, has won Gwendolen’s love, for she strongly desires to marry someone with the confidence-inspiring name of Ernest. But when he asks for Gwendolen’s hand from the formidable Lady Bracknell, John finds he must reveal he is a foundling who was left in a handbag at Victoria Station.

Returning to the country home where he lives with his ward Cecily and her governess Miss Prism, John finds that Algernon has also arrived under the identity of the nonexistent brother Ernest. Algernon falls madly in love with the beautiful Cecily, who has long been enamored of the mysterious, fascinating brother Ernest. Soon Lady Bracknell and Gwendolen arrive, and chaos erupts.

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